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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 28, 2009 11:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

Although Betty has a very detailed interview in the Taping Compendium vol 2, there's no "why"....I just assume it was the same as Bear. He wanted a journal of every show to listen to afterwards....Bear was even more obsessive in that he'd record opening bands too. I think Bear's early recordings he kept himself, and it was only later (after the Vault was created) that his Dead tapes were transferred there. (The Dead discussed whether to add Betty's tapes to the Vault when she lost her home, but decided not to - hence, they were abandoned.)
So it would've been natural, once Bear left, for Betty to step in & keep the tapes rolling if that's what she wanted to do. As Tell says, she liked the music, wanted to hear the shows again, & wanted to check her own mixing, & it was OK with the band. The Dead were used to multiple recordings being made....I think Bear sometimes made both cassette & reel recordings of shows - as well, once he left, both Betty & Bob Matthews were recording (not at the same time, I think). Then after he came back, there was some dispute over who would get to mix & record, so I think they alternated... For instance, on Dick's Picks 25, Bear recorded the 5/10/78 show and Betty recorded the 5/11/78 show, in case you want to check out the mixing differences.
There must have been so many copies of a lot of shows floating around.... Betty mentions that in Europe '72, she was making 16-track for the band, 2-track for herself, and cassettes that she'd send to Bear!

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jul 28, 2009 12:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

Good Points Lia, and I've read it so often, I fail to mention every time about Owsley's real desire to maintain archival materials. This and his quest for perfection in sound reproduction, including recording, are the heart and soul of the band's sound until Healy took the reins.

One more point, the two track recordings made by Betty weren't just cheese, she was recording to 7" reels probably on a Nagra machine - and these tapes, more often than the cassettes became the Bettys. In the beginning, tape speed was a horrible variable to deal with from machine to machine and ultimately a standard was set. Every one of Betty's two tracks were recorded at 7.5 ips and on quality machines. (not an answer as to why, but she wasn't just fucking around with amateur equipment.)

http://tinyurl.com/mrc8gx

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 28, 2009 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

Bear & Betty were the first Dead collectors - the first who wanted to tape every show so that they'd survive. We all follow in their footsteps.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jul 28, 2009 12:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

"Furman-Bob-Betty"
FurmanBobBetty.jpg

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Jul 28, 2009 5:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

Isnt there something about lost Betty Boards? In a locker somewhere? Were those found, or even true?

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jul 28, 2009 6:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

go back to the original post in the thread (from me) and click on the link in that post. That post has the whole story.